Grain-Free Italian Amaretto Cheesecake

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Creamy mousse-like Grain-Free Amaretto Cheesecake not to be missed! This Italian-style cheesecake is super light, made without a crust and is topped with sugared blueberries and sliced roasted almonds.

For cheesecake lovers, this grain-free dessert doesn’t get any better than this. This crust-free amaretto cheesecake recipe is based on the Italian cheesecake made with ricotta cheese.


grain free cheesecake with heart made of blueberries


I created this fail-proof amaretto cheesecake dessert for the upcoming Valentines’ day. The best part is anyone can make this cake—even novice cooks. The recipe is that simple.

If that special someone in your life follows a gluten-free or grain-free diet and loves a cheesecake, I promise you…they will be impressed with this dessert.

Another gluten-free cheesecake you may enjoy for Valentine is our extra special Gluten-Free Black Forest Cheesecake.

Difference between Italian and American cheesecake?

The cheese is the main difference between a typical New York American cheesecake and Italian cheesecake. In Italy, cheesecake is made with ricotta rather than cream cheese, giving the cheesecake a lighter, creamier texture.


italian cheesecake missing a slice


amaretto cheesecake, the recipe details,

First, allow yourself an extra day to make this dessert. Cheesecake has to set overnight before slicing into it for best results. Besides, it leaves you more time for other things to prepare for the day of. Which is good, right?

This Italian-style amaretto cheesecake has two layers. First, a creamy mousse-like cake layer made with a combination of ricotta and cream cheese flavoured with amaretto. 

The second layer, the topping, is a lightly sweetened sour cream flavoured with amaretto. Both layers are light and deliciously flavoured.

Should you drain ricotta?


ricotta in a strainer lined with coffee filter


Straining ricotta is an absolute must for cheesecake because it keeps the desserrt from becoming watery. 

Garnish for Italian amaretto cheesecake.


scattered sugared blueberries


To add extra deliciousness, I made sugared blueberries and added a sprinkle of roasted sliced almonds. Almonds and amaretto are similar in taste and pair together beautifully.

What is amareto liquer made from?

Amaretto is an Italian liqueur that tastes like almonds, though it’s made from apricot kernels. The bitter and sweet flavour adds a superb flavour to desserts. And keep in mind not all amaretto is gluten-free, so be sure to check the label.

Are almonds nuts?

It may surprise you! According to McGill, botanically, a nut is a dry fruit consisting of a hard shell covering a single seed. Almond plants are not nuts but are rather classified as “drupes.” Drupes are fruits that are fleshy on the outside and contain a shell covering a seed on the inside, such as the almonds.


slice of italian cheesecake on a plate


This grain-free Italian amaretto cheesecake makes a perfect dessert for Valentine, Mothers Day, Birthday or any other special celebration. 

I love this gluten-free dessert because it will keep up to seven days when refrigerated in a tightly closed container. This means, you can enjoy cheesecake leftovers for a few extra days. Enjoy!


  • 2 3/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch/flour
  • 1/4 cup GF amaretto liqueur
  • 16 oz. (2 packages) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. GF amaretto liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
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  • Line a strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth or 1 coffee filter and place over a bowl. Place ricotta in the strainer and cover ricotta with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove ricotta from the strainer and discard liquid in the bowl 
  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 10-inch springform pan with butter
  • In a small bowl, mix tapioca and amaretto. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and drained ricotta until smooth. Beat in amaretto mixture. Add eggs and beat on low speed just until blended, not whipped 
  • Pour into the prepared springform pan, and place on a baking sheet. Bake until the center is almost set, 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Let stand 5 minutes on a wire rack. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk topping ingredients and spread over top of cheesecake. Bake 5 minutes longer. 
  • Cool on a wire rack, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
  • Loosen sides from pan with a knife and remove rim from pan before slicing
  • Place honey in a small bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds. Add blueberries and toss to coat. Place blueberries in a bowl with sugar and toss to coat. Scatter blueberries on parchment paper, and let stand in the refrigerator until set—about an hour
  • Garnish the top of the cheesecake with almonds and sugared blueberries
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